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Gov't Mule Unveil Jim James, Elvis Costello Guest Spots on 'Shout!'

Ben Harper, Dr. John, Grace Potter will also appear on new double album

Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule performs in Manchester.
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July 12, 2013 2:05 PM ET

Gov't Mule are readying their new album Shout! for a September 24th release, and they've brought along quite a few friends. The Southern rockers laid down 11 new tracks for their first studio album in four years, and they also brought in the likes of My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, and Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals for a special second disc featuring those artists' interpretations of the new Gov't Mule tracks. Gov't Mule still leads the way on disc two, but they let their friends take the vocal reigns for entirely different looks at their brand new jams.

100 Greatest Guitarists: Warren Haynes

Tracklist with disc two guest spots:
1) "World Boss" w/ Ben Harper
2) "Funny Little Tragedy" w/ Elvis Costello
3) "Stoop So Low" w/ Dr. John
4) "Captured" w/ Jim James
5) "Whisper In Your Soul" w/ Grace Potter
6) "Scared To Live" w/ Toots Hibbert
7) "No Reward" w/ Glenn Hughes
8) "Bring On The Music" w/ Ty Taylor
9) "Forsaken Savior" w/ Dave Matthews
10) "Done Got Wise" w/ Myles Kennedy
11) "When The World Gets Small" w/ Steve Winwood

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